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Changing Our Relationship with Fossil Fuels

Fossil fuels have been around for over 200 years, so it should come as no surprise that humanity has become so reliant on oil. Despite its property as fuel, many may not be aware of just how reliant on fossil fuel we are. Whether it’s used for power, clothing or food, our current climate is enslaved to the concept of fossil fuels.

Some time ago, the urgency of resolving the issue may not have seemed urgent, but this has meant that some of the changes that could have been instilled haven’t been. As such, the need for change is more urgent than it’s ever been, and they only real way to move forward is by adopting a different infrastructure that’s cleaner for the environment and more prosperous for humans overall.

Many people will already be are of the some of the steps that can be taken when it comes to lessening the impact of the environment, but many are unaware that simply relying on fossil fuels has the potential for our everyday lives to change for the worst,

This has been made evident in the past, where worries concerning fuel have at best caused food shortages and at worst caused riots. As technology has advanced, so too has the reliance on fossil fuel. As humanity continues to increase in numbers, so too does the need for fossil fuel, but there’s only so much to go around.

It could be argued that if the shortage of fossil fuel isn’t going to happen in our lifetime, then why should it be a concern? The fact of the matter is that technology could change again in the future, which could mean that resources become limited again.

The potential for the social infrastructure to come to a grinding halt is greater than ever, and one of the most frustrating aspects of this is that change can be implemented if we act sooner rather than later.

It’s worth remembering that the “The New Green Deal” I’m proposing isn’t something that can be used in conjunction with fossil fuels, it is a Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure that looks to offer a greener solution that’s easy to manage and the potential to improve the quality of life overall.

Now, it could be argued that the use of greener work is down to the business itself. Again, we must face facts here. Although there are many businesses making every effort to work in a greener way, others aren’t. This could be due to not knowing how to, or not wanting to, feeling that the move from fossil fuel is a pointless one.

As such, we need to rely on the leaders of the world to take responsibility and to ensure that not only are changes made in relation not the way power is generated, but also ensuring that there is a reliable infrastructure n place that allows this power to be used in the right way.

As well as being able to create a more sustainable future, the use of renewable energy such as hydrogen also ensures that the impacts of fossil fuels aren’t reflected in the environment.

This includes high pollution generated from manufacturing and motor use, as well as some species of animals becoming extinct within the next couple of decades.

There are many people who are keen to make a change, but the changes require a high level of teamwork and understanding to move forward in the right way. The more that some ignore that problems that exist, the bigger the impact it will have on society overall.

While some of the changes being made in the world are admirable, a larger collective is needed to make the changes needed for a greener future.